Writing and Media

Below is a non-exhaustive list of my writing, covering journalistic reporting, public philosophy and theology essays, and some odds and ends. In particular, I like to write about religion, socialism, and the arts. If you want me to write for your publication, send me an email at ddettloff@icscanada.edu!

Selected Work

America Magazine: The Jesuit Review

“The Indigenous people of Canada want an apology from Pope Francis”
// June 11, 2021

“In Toronto, a young carpenter is building ‘tiny shelters’ for the homeless. The city isn’t happy.”
// April 23, 2021

“Catholics in Quebec are leaving the church in droves. Can reinventing parish life save it?”
// February 25, 2021

“In Canada, a religious community dedicated to social justice faces its last days”
// September 4, 2020

“How Canadian Catholics are responding to George Floyd’s killing and Black Lives Matter”
// June 24, 2020

“Catholic and public school teachers begin to strike in the face of education cuts”
// February 11, 2020

“Two 2019 strike anniversaries recall Christian role in Canada’s labor movement”
// December 24, 2019

“How a ‘green’ church in Toronto teaches theology through design”
//August 23, 2019

“The Catholic Case for Communism” [Feature]
// July 23, 2019

“The radical Benedictine sister who fought for Catalan independence”
//July 11, 2019

“An Irish monk breathes new life into liturgical art in Toronto”
//June 12, 2018

“Why indigenous people are crashing Canada’s 150th birthday party”
// August 3, 2017

National Catholic Reporter

“Why hasn’t Pope Francis apologized in Canada? Ask the bishops.”
// July 6, 2021


“The Recent Amazon Union Effort Failed–Churches Can Help”
// April 28, 2021

“The Socialist Catholic Sister”
// November 19, 2018

Geez Magazine

“Civil Disobedience” [sample of regular column]
// Fall 2020

“Inside, Outside, All on the Same Side! A Conversation with Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee”
// Spring 2020

“The Apocalypse of COVID-19”
// March 20, 2020

The Bias

“The Nadir of Saint Louis: Against Christian Cultural Heritage”
// August 24, 2020 [with Matt Bernico]

“Liberation Spirituality for a Global Pandemic”
// May 2020

Progress Alberta

“Bizarre as it is to say, we could use a zealous Catholic Kenney”
// January 20, 2021

Broadview Magazine

“It’s time for Christians to throw in with the working class”
// February 13, 2020

Commonweal Magazine

“May Day Saint: The Radical Ministry of Fr. Thomas Hagerty”
// May 1, 2019

“St. Bernadette’s Blockhouse”
// January 20, 2019

People’s Voice

“Church joins growing chorus calling for end to sanctions”
// June 12, 2020

Personal Writing

“Blindspots on the ‘Christian Left’ Beat”
// May 24, 2019

“Liberal Cynicism Is Crap — You Should Know It Is, and You Should Say It Is.”
// May 27, 2016

Around the Web

“Paul Virilio”
// Political Theology Network, April 27, 2021

“We Christians, or Our Racist Christian World”
// Ground Motive, August 17, 2020

“Christmas Eve: Liberating Christmas from Capitalism”
// Radvent, December 24, 2019

“Seeing Through a Bubble Darkly”
// An und für sich, Symposium: Neoliberalism’s Demons by Adam Kotsko, February 11, 2019

“Three Ways Helmut Gollwitzer Can Help Christians in the US Think About Socialism”
// Theology Corner, Symposium: Our God Loves Justice by Travis McMaken, September 17, 2018

A Religious Left Means Sabotaging Oil Pipelines, Not Voting For Democrats
// Tikkun Magazine, September 12, 2017

“Violence On All Sides”
// Ground Motive, November 20, 2017

“Our Digital Ecology”
// World Association for Christian Communication, February 18, 2017

“A Reformational Eco-Socialism?”
// Ground Motive, August 11, 2016

“Laudato Si’, Fracking, and Air Conditioning”
// Ground Motive, June 26, 2015

“Navigating the Crisis of Movement: Rupture, Repetition, and New Life
// The Other Journal, October 8, 2015

Podcast Appearances

“Communism for Christians”
// Faith and Capital, March, 2020

“A Catholic Case for Communism”
// Owls at Dawn, November, 2019

“Arcane Book Club of Horror – Vampyrotheutis Infernalis”
// Horror Vanguard, August, 2019

“Christian Leftist Roundtable”
// A Different Lens, May, 2018

“Christian Socialism: The Fusion of Faith and Revolution”
// Revolutionary Left Radio, September, 2017